Melksham Town walked away from this incident-packed game at The Creek with all three points in the bag.
After just 3 minutes played Jordan Metters lobbed behind the Melksham back four and Owen Howe hit the sweetest of right-foot volley’s that Kent Kauppinen in goal dived full-stretch to tip onto the crossbar.
Just four minutes later the visitors took the lead when Olly Webb was allowed time and space from a corner to head home from close-range.
Luke Ballinger doubled Melksham’s lead in the 38th minute with a firmly struck free-kick that eluded a crowd of players to curl in, un-touched, at Ben John’s far post.
Owen Howe hit the bar again ten minutes into the second half with a good header as Manor Farm looked to get a foothold in the game, but in the 59th minute Melksham took what looked an unassailable 3-0 lead when Ballinger again hit a firm strike into the far corner from 22 yards.
Three minutes later Farm reduced the arrears when Lewis Bamford was brought down in the box and Owen Howe stepped up to slam home the penalty kick.
Howe then saw a good shot saved low by Kauppinen as Farm came searching for another goal.
In the 80th minute, with Farm attacking, the referee awarded a drop-ball on the edge of the 18 yard box after a Melksham player was struck in the face by a shot from Metters. In the midst of confusion amongst the back four, Farm substitute Jamie Bird nicked in to take the ball, dribbling unchallenged into the penalty area before rounding the keeper and slotting the ball home. The Melksham players protested but the goal stood. 2-3.
With the home crowd urging them on, Manor Farm continued to bang on the door for an equaliser but Melksham Town held firm for the win.
STAR MAN (Luke Ballinger, Melksham Town)
1x Owen Howe
1x Jamie Bird